• New dates added...

    A quick update on Alison's forthcoming concert appearances and links for more info:

  • Desert Island Discs - listen in this Sunday!

    This Sunday, Alison joins an esteemed list of the most respected and influencial people in British society by appearing on BBC4's long running and internationally renowned radio show, Desert Island Discs.  She'll be in conversation with programme presenter Kirsty Young, revealing her eight musical choices to take to the mythical desert island. So, will it be Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach and er Bach - or might there be a surprise or two in store? And what will Alison's luxury be?

    Listen in live at 11.15 GMT on BBC4 to find out!

    Or visit the BBC webpage here where the programme will be available on iPlayer after broadcast.

  • Alison Balsom gives world première of Guy Barker's 'Lanterne of Light' Trumpet Concerto

    This summer Alison took to the BBC Proms stage to perform the eagerly anticipated world première of Guy Barker's 'Lanterne of Light' Trumpet Concerto. Speaking about the concerto, she commented:

    “Guy’s jazz background is so well known, but this is very much a more classical work; dark and other-worldy. It explores destructive themes in such a nuanced musical way - with colour and timbre as well as more strident virtuosity. It’s hugely demanding, but extraordinarily satisfying to perform.”

    Alison also returned to the Proms for the Last Night at the Proms in the Park where she performed alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.

    Some reviews have been posted:

    **** Guy Barker’s work is a small masterpiece – a concerto for a post-modern age, interpreted brilliantly by Alison Balsom.
    Barry Creasy, MusicOMH

    It was superbly played, and Balsom, ferociously dexterous, did indeed sound far from angelic in it.
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian

    Alison Balsom was the articulate soloist for the world premiere of Guy Barker’s trumpet concerto The Lanterne of Light...Balsom sold the work persuasively, moving between instruments to generate everything from electronically-enhanced sonic effects to straight virtuoso fanfares, with a particularly effective detour midway into jazz and a tango heady with cigarette smoke and sex appeal.
  • Forthcoming festival appearances

    We are pleased to announce two of Alison's forthcoming festival appearances, indicating the strength and depth of her music-making. On June 6th she will perform a trumpet and organ programme which includes the music of Leopold Mozart and Oliver Messiaen at Fischbeck Abbey in Hessisch Oldendorf, Germany. Part of the prestigious Literature and Music festival 'Wege Durch Das Land', tickets for the event sold out within hours. More information can be found here.

    On 10th July she'll appear at Henley Festival on the floating stage for an evening of Gershwin alongside Ballet Black, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and other star soloists Ji Lui, Gregory Porter, and Laura Mvula.  More information and tickets here.